Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

R.I.P.L. Effect (Rye India Pale Lager) - Jack's Abby Brewing

Not Rated.
R.I.P.L. Effect (Rye India Pale Lager)R.I.P.L. Effect (Rye India Pale Lager)

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

40 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 40
Hads: 166
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 23
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PeterIngemi on 09-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

What do you get when you combine the dry malt backbone of a Pilsner, the aromatic hops of an IPA and the spiciness of a Rye Lager? You get a special blend of flavors that’s sure to send ripples through your taste buds. Brewed with Sorachi Ace, Columbus, Cascade, and Amarillo hops with 35% Rye Malt and locally grown Triticale from MA.

65 IBU
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 40 | Hads: 166
Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head that is constantly propped up by a steady stream of carb bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of citrus, lemon, pine, spicy rye, apricots, earth, and a hint of bready malt. The flavor follows the aroma with an emphasis on the spiciness of the rye and the crisp dryness of the lager. Lots of hops flavor and bitterness with earthy and pine being the dominant flavors. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a bitter resinous mouthfeel. This is a well made lager, but sadly its just not my thing. I think the spice from the rye, combined with the heavy hop load, lack of yeasty esters, and very light malt backbone make this one a bit hard for me to enjoy.

 743 characters

Photo of WanderingFool
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

R.I.P.L. Effect pours a hazy honey yellow with a small, creamy head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is faint. It has notes of lemon citrus, pine and toasted malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft with moderate carbonation. The flavor is very floral and piney. Some bready malt and lemon citrus are also present. There's a bit of sweetness in the background. It finishes with some rye spice. Once gone the lemon, pine and rye lingers on the palate.

The flavors don't seem balanced to me. The pine/lemon and flower flavor dominate. It could use more sweetness and a touch more bitterness for balance.

 663 characters

Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: pineapple, rye, and citrus hops

Taste: pineapple, rye, and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter middle that gets a touch less bitter towards the end, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A solid, citrusy, bitter beer that is a touch too dry for my tastes. Not a bad beer, but I feel the brewery makes way better if not just for mouthfeel alone. I wish the rye was a bit more pronounced.

 523 characters

Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a golden hue. There is a half finger of fluffy off white head that leaves a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: I'm getting a pale lager yeast smell with some rye spice and mild hops. Reminds me a bit of a hoppy pils.

Taste: Lots of rye here along with a nice citrus peel hop note. Just enough malt to be noticed but the hops and spice are the star. The finish is quite bitter and that overtakes the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tons of fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a solid hoppy rye beer. Good balance until the finish. I'd have more if they do it again.

 717 characters

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks & Maximum Respect to cartoonshop for this gem.

Pours a lite straw to honey color with an active frothy head.
Nice aroma. Piney, grass, clean hint of banana peel.
Wow! A nicely balanced lager. Hops, some malt, active in the mouth. These guys really do a delicate balancing act. What a sessionable beer!!! For hop lovers, it's got enough to pull you in, but not high in alcohol.
Mouthfeel is a little lite, perfectly appropriately for a lager. Almost creamy.
Finish, is slightly dry, piney meets a bit of wood, with a clean, lite hop trail.

Very Good.

 559 characters

Photo of Damian
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz./.5 liters bottle purchased at Cambridge Wines & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
August 2012
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a hazy, dull straw yellow and was topped by a tight, bubbly, one-finger head of off-white foam. Solid retention. A significant amount of patchy lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was rather intriguing. Peachy with notes of citrus. Grassy hops came through as well. Some lemon peel. There was a subtle, sulfury, lager-like quality initially, but this dissipated as the beer opened up. The aroma was dynamic and alternated between peachy and sweet and grassy and lemony.

Flavor-wise, the beer was surprisingly tart and dry. Lemon rind came through strong. Some sweet orange and apricot notes offset the dryness on the front end. A touch of sulfur was detectible, making the beer slightly skunky. As in the nose, however, this aspect decreased with time. The beer turned astonishingly tart and dry as the beer moved along the palate. Slightly spicy. Lemon rind notes were nearly overwhelming. Piney, resiny hops were apparent on the ultra dry, pithy and bitter finish.

The thing that impressed me most about this beer was its mouthfeel. The liquid was super creamy and pillowy soft on the palate. Medium bodied with a crisp, zippy effervescence.

Jack's Abby makes a number of fantastic beers, but this one was simply too dry, tart and astringent on the finish for me to really enjoy it.

 1,445 characters

Photo of slickyrb
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a refreshing lager with a great taste . The first thing I notice is the golden clear color followed by sweet hop smell . This lager retains its head like a farmhouse sasion . The main reason on reviewing this beer is its incredible mouth feel . I haven't put to much thought to mouth feel but this beer us smother than milk stout on nitro. Always a go to beer for me .

 376 characters

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 oz. bottle poured into a large Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Liquid comes out a straw yellow color and it's pretty hazy. The head comes up big and it's white and has a lot of bubbles . What saves this beer to actually being good looking is the lacing, it's really nice.

Smell is good. Rye present, lots of it, straw and some earthy hops. Little bit of lager yeast and some caramel malts/grain. Nothing too special, but nice, pretty straight forward.

Taste is good, but it's not very strong. Some pretty good malts, but overall there are some fruity hops, almost tropical and a little earthy.

Mouthfeel is good. Pretty smooth, somewhat medium feel. Bitter finish without being too clean. Not bad, pretty refreshing and drinkable. This is pretty good, but given the choice I'd probably pick Hopponius Union every other time.

 836 characters

Photo of FosterJM
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1729st Review on BA
Bottle to Speigleau Wheat glass

September 2012
Thanks to Jlindros & RudZud for this one

App- When this poured out of the bottle, it was a very good looking yellow and gold mish mash. A lot of head formed and was overflowing at one point with even a delicate pour. The center was a bit darker gold with the edges being a bit light. The cling was very impressive to say the least. A common theme for Jacks Abby.

Smell- I have become pretty partial to the lager notes in most beers lately and this was right up there with a lemony, malty lager note. Next came the sorachi with more of a lemon and piney resin type of aroma and a bit tea like. The rye is last with a solid bitter and aromatic addition to this one.

Taste- I enjoy Jacks Abbys beer. This mightve had a bit too much going on. The flavors are actually competing vs. complimenting. To me Sorachi and the lemon tea flavor clashes against the spice of the rye. The lager notes bring this down a bit and create a bit of a muddled middle to it.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a medium carbonation level. The sorachi ace adds a good amount of residual grassy tea like flavors and the rye brings a nice amount of spice and flake to it.

Drink- This was good. Just not what I was thinking. I love Rye and loved Brooklyns Sorachi Ace. This just like I said, seem to clash vs. integrate well.

 1,373 characters

Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle
Central Water tulip

A: Pours a pretty clear golden yellow color. Full finger of bright white fluffy head. Good carbonation coming off bottom of glass. Leaves some sticking lacing sheeting.

S: Pulling that lager yeast, cold grainy hints. That rye spice is there along with some earthly piney hops. I do get some of the Sorachi Ace. Some cereal grain notes.

T: Very clean. Nice mild hop bitterness at the front of the tongue. More on the earthy, pine side. Cascade and Amarillo. Then the you get some of that rye spice flavor when the grainy malts come in mid palate. I wish there was more rye, but he'll it's a lager and might have over powered it. Finish is crisp, dry and clean.

M: It's a light medium. Not as big as IPAs with more big malt character.

O: It's a good beer. If had better JA stuff. B.

 817 characters

Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a barrel high above the bar. Absolutely no head, not even rim bubbles. Properly cloudy with an orange amber color.

Strong prickly, grapefruit hop aroma. Some pine needles.

Served at room temperature (no cellar here). Holding the liquid in my mouth, it is well balanced. Pale malt flavor with a bittering hop. The swallow makes this become a hop bomb--quite biting. Nearly no carbonation (the cask was tapped three days ago). Moderate body.

 455 characters

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a large, lumpy white head. Thick layer of retention slathers foam all over the glass.

Light citrus like grapefruit hard candy and black pepper aroma. Mouthfeel catches my palette first - it's light, fluffy and pretty awesome. Spicy flavor, a mix of black pepper and malty rye with grapefruity pine pinpricks.

Not the hope bomb I've come to expect from JA but I have a feeling it's an old bottle. The fact that some of the hops have faded and its still this good is very impressive.

 501 characters

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, on sale everywhere I looked in western Mass for about $3.50. Really happy to see so much of their stuff being bottled and distributed.

It pours a pale golden color with wispy haze and a thick foam on top. Lots of solid lace left sticking to the glass too. Really fantastic looking lacing, clumped together in lines.

Loads of citrus in the smell, mixed with the lager yeast to give an inviting aroma. I wouldn't pick out the rye without knowing upfront that it was there. Until I tasted it, then the rye is easy to peg. Spicy and well integrated with the pale and sweet malts. A bit of citrus in the aftertaste to compliment the spiciness.

Another winner from Jacks Abby, I thoroughly enjoyed this bottle. Recommended.

 734 characters

Photo of jwps214
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

the beer had a hazy blonde color with a think creamy head that left lacing on the glass after I finished the beer.
The aroma was spicy and hoppy, with hints of a fresh hay field.
The flavor was earthy with hints of spice and an incredibly smooth finish! Unbelievably smooth, in fact. All the hop flavor, with non of the bite and palate wrecking!

Overall, the beer was incredibly refreshing, and flavorful

 406 characters

Photo of Kinsman
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright golden color with a dense white head. Powerful lemon notes overwhelm the nose at first before the more resiny hop notes come through. A bit of the malt comes through with just a slightly sweet note but plays second fiddle to the hops.

Surprisingly tart with the signature lemon twist of Sorachi Ace. Light peppery note and a nice cereal grain flavor add some balance but the really do most of the work. Citrus and pine and just the right amount of bitterness. Overall, this lager certainly packs a nice hoppy punch with a nice clean and crisp finish that really helps showcase the hops.

 608 characters

Photo of SBXLII
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely delicious. Considering the recent RYEpa kick, this kicks all their asses - New Holland's, Harpoon's, whoever. Relating to the previous review, the mouthfeel is definitely a noticeable trait. Lacing is perfect, the head there as well. Smell is lights out: pungent, floral, citrusy. And then the rye, the rye, the rye. Love it if you love rye.

 352 characters

Photo of Pinknuggets
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Rock art pint glass

A: golden yellow honey colored that is fairly cloudy for a lager but translucent with a big fluffy white head

S: what I mostly smell is the hops which are flowery and fruity very nice. After some time it fades to a stronger malt and rye smells.

T:there is some hop flavor upfront but its mostly rye with a strong malt backbone but there is some hop bitterness in the finish though it is light.

M: smooth and watery as most lagers feel but there is a sense of oilyness and even a hint of pine resinw so there are elements of ipa feel in a lager

O: this is a cool well done spin on a rye ipa basically lager that maintains a lot ipa feel and taste with some rye.

 698 characters

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium gold with a good dense white head. Decent retention.

Nice citric rind hop nose, with some grain and even a little fruit.

Big hop bite up front, with the grainy malt come in to assert itself. Some spicy bite of the rye, but this thing dries out in a hurry to a bitter end. Grain, hops, rye bite. That is it. And it works.

Medium body, some tingly notes.

Good solid brew. Nice all around drink. Hope this becomes a regular release for them.

 455 characters

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours hazy gold with some nice tattered sheets of lacework. A partial skimcoat on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with a blend of spicy hops, biscuity malt, and cracked grain. A hint of honey-drizzeled crackers follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, somewhat light mouthfeel.

Grainy, peppery malt, toasted biscuits, and sprucy hops start the palate. Crisp and sharpish with a good dose of rye pepper.

Finishes with fresh, crackery malt with hints of tropical fruit, pine, and pepper-dusted grains.

Nice beer, but after Hoponious Union I'm looking for more hops here.

 608 characters

Photo of NEhophead
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz brown bottle served in a pilsener glass.
August 2012 batch.

Slightly hazy straw in color; very active carbonation. Dense, bright white foam that sits up about 2 inches and plasters the pilsener's glass with heavy lacing.

Clean, slightly sharp citrus with a pleasantly mild sweetness: lime, pineapple, honeydew. A light sweetness from the malted wheat with just a touch of coriander and rye that adds another aroma of spice.

The tropical-citrus sweetness comes through initially: lime, cantaloupe, but it bottoms out pretty quickly when met by a wall of spicy grains. The spice is black pepper, rye, and coriander and has a pretty unique flavor profile. The finish is crisp and clean prior to a lightly burnt bitterness with notes of juniper, unripened apple, and lime.

Light bodied; active and clean. Texturally-speaking, it acts as a palate cleanser of sorts.

A very unique and flavorful version of typically a pretty bland style. Light and active; very sessionable.

 984 characters

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5liter bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a very nice hazy golden with a light touch of orange, a delicate pour leavs me with a fingers worth of just slightly off white head that dissapates nicley and leavs some excellent lacing, looks delicious.

S: a very nice blend of citrus hops and a light rye spicyness, Grain aromas begin to become more pronounced as the beer warms.

T: much like the nose, very nice citrus hops, with a light touch of pine blending together with the spicy rye, the grain deffinatly is more prominent in the taste then it was in the nose. They grain tastes hearty to the point that I looked up triticale, not knowing what it was, and finding out that it is a rye/wheat hybrid, this makes sense after reading.

M: medium body with medium carbonation, a grainy, chewy, dry mouthfeel, with a bit of an bitter aftertaste.

O: a good hoppy rye brew, overall I wish the hops were dialed up a touch more as it seems the grain really stole
The show in the flavor profile, but delicious all the same, deffinatly worth a shot.

 1,069 characters

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somehow I haven't reviewed this one yet. From August, so if it's lacking the zip of a fresher beer, I'll def have to review it again, although it's been in the fridge the whole time.

Pours a huge fluffy 3 finger head that sticks around forever, I have to suck some of it down to even start nosing and tasting. It leaves lots of lacing, mostly clear tan golden color with many little bubbles rising up to reinforce the huge head.

Nose brings a spicy rye bite right away, and a light bready kinda aroma due to the rye and light malts I think. Hops are not very bright but fairly bright and floral, Sorachi Ace comes right out with plenty of lemongrass and hay like grassy aromas, a light spicy hop kick in there somewhere, a little fruit, and a hint of grapefruit underneath it all which is a nice little touch.

Taste, like aroma, explodes with the rye, spicy chewy rye flavors, and a light bready rye bread like flavor but not much. Light clean malty flavor coming through with the rye, and even a light rye bitterness. Then come the hops on the cavalry, fairly bitter but a nice big hop flavor, surprisingly for a few months old now. Again Sorachi dominates a bit, with an initial nice big lemongrass flavor, hint lemon juice as well, and grassy floral hops. Also in there is a nice spicy hop flavor, little earthy, and again that light grapefruit kick on the back end. Finish gets quite bitter as that dry crisp lager comes through and pulls everything out of the beer except the hops and rye, a long bitter finish, this time the spicy hops really dominate as well as a light spicy rye.

Mouth is med bodied, quite fluffy and effervescent with lots of carbonation.

Overall quite nice, the rye plays well with the light clean but slightly bready malts, as well as the interesting mix of hops, which at first seemed a bit weird but as they play well together I can see it going. The mostly lemongrass comes through well but the spicy hops and light grapefruit following go well with the beer as the rye comes through first, and clean lager finish bring it all out. It's a well done beer that I could have a few pints of, and a nice long bitter finish to round it off.

 2,170 characters

Photo of MasterCraft
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter

Slightly hazy yellow, beautiful head.

Aroma is pouring out of the glass, smells awesome. Citrus, pine, tropical fruits, slight earthiness/spiciness, just awesome.

Taste follows the smell, very well balanced. Pronounced hop profile, similar to that of Hoponious Union. The rye was done very well, slight spice, not at all overpowering, but compliments the fruiter aspects of this beer quite nicely.

Mouthfeel is very clean, smooth, medium carbonated, finishes dry. Highly quaffable.

This may be my favorite example from one of my favorite new breweries, just an excellent beer.

 605 characters

Photo of jaasen64
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into Founders tulip. First had at Mass Brewer's Guild Festival.

A- Pours a translucent orange golden with about two fingers worth of fluffy white bubbly head that has great retention and leaves layered lacing. Nice carbonation with steadily rising bubbles.

S- Citrus hops that provide aromas of grapefruit and lemon balanced nicely with rye, a little bit of pepper and other spices. Definitely above average aroma strength. Interesting smelling beer, not my favorite aroma but not bad- I don't particularly like the pepper smell I'm getting.

T- Citrus hops of grapefruit, lemon balanced with spices, rye, maybe a touch of pepper, finishes with a light maltiness of a lager. Definitely a unique and quite enjoyable taste.

M- Medium bodied, a little bit on the dry side, nice carbonation, goes down very easily.

O- This was a very interesting beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. A very nice addition from Jack's Abby that already has a fair number of very good beers. I liked how the beer provided a nice citrus hop presence balanced nicely with spicy rye and a finish similar to a pilsner- definitely unlike any other beer I've had. The only part I didn't really care for that much was the aroma. I definitely recommend trying this beer out.

 1,262 characters

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden yellow color with a large white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, grainy malt, rye, floral, grassy

T-lemon, orange, grain, nice rye flavor, grass, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-really enjoyed this rye lager, great flavors and easy drinkability

 307 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
R.I.P.L. Effect (Rye India Pale Lager) from Jack's Abby Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.